So you are setting up a home theater, you are mid-way and now you are looking for the best floorstanding speakers under $500 because you don’t want to break your bank right?
Floor standing speakers not only give your room a great luxurious appearance, look good, but they sound amazing too. Sadly, most of the time they come with a price that is hard to swallow.
Lucky for you, after some hours of research and based on my knowledge, I rounded up a list of what I think are the best floorstanding speakers under $500.
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The 5 Best Floorstanding Speakers Under $500:
5. Jamo Studio Series S 807
Starting the list off with Jamo S 807 floor standing speaker that delivers premium theatre sound, in a good-looking and compact design.
JAMO comes in a stylish look and has been designed to live seamlessly in your room. You can pick it in two colors, black and walnut. it has wood grain accents, matte vinyl finishes, and magnetic woven linen grilles.
The trim rings around the woofers give the floor standing speaker a clean and elegant look, while the wood grain accents show the hand-craftsmanship and the natural look, that can blend with any sofa or table in your room.
Its portability is agreeable to measuring 9.92 x 7.52 x 36.02 inches and weighing 26.01 lbs, which means you can easily carry it around the room and replace it when needed.
In the front of the speaker, you will be greeted by 2 poly-fiber subwoofers and 1 silk dome tweeter, while there is also a large oval-shaped reflex aperture. The reflex aperture works wonders for the bass radiation, and the bass is not affected at all by how far you place the floor standing speaker from the wall.
It is Dolby Atmos ready meaning it will deliver sound that comes alive across all directions, yes, even overhead. No doubt that it will fill any room with clarity and detailed sounds. Its high-frequency driver sports a 25mm (Soft Dome Tweeter) and the low-frequency driver 2 x 127mm (Polyfiber Woofers). It’s also a great speaker for dialogue clarity, which means that you can watch movies and TV shows too.
It’s frequency response goes from 42Hz – 26kHz (+/- 3dB) and with a 90dB (2.83V @ 1m) sensitivity.
They sound great out of the box and are easy to use, set up, look stylish enough, and on top of all that the price is quite decent for a pair of floor standing speakers.
They are ideal for rock and pop music, the sound is lively and has plenty of bass, enough that, you don’t even need to use a subwoofer.
If you have a bit more money to spend, then you can also take a look at our Jamo S809 review.
4. Sony SSCS3
Well, I know you didn’t expect Sony to be here. After all, Sony has a reputation for killing it in the Camera, TV industry, they sure do make some excellent screens and mirrorless cameras. However, you should know that Sony played a big role in the development of the High-Resolution Audio HRA back in the mid-2010s.
With the launch of their Core Series, they are trying to change the consumer’s mind that they can do more than cameras and TVs. The Sony SS Core Series 3 come at an affordable price yet they sound surprisingly good.
They sure look good in their all-black finish and one floor standing speaker weighs at just 11 pounds. They come with four rubber feet for strong stability, while the whole cabinets are covered with fiber grilles for protection.
The super tweeter is designed to precisely reproduce a high sound spectrum that pushes the frequency ranges up to 50,000 HZ while its tweeter, which is made from polyester fiber, rewards us with clear and great vocals. Both floor standing speakers are stacked nice and close together helping us to not miss a single tone.
The floor standing speakers have a great sensitivity level of 88 dB and a frequency response that goes between 45 Hz and 50,000 Hz.
For the price point and the value they offer, the Sony SS Core Series 3 is hard to beat. It has an impressive natural sound quality with great high frequencies and bass response. Watching action movies with those fellas feels like being there in the action, but please note not all shows use surround sound, if you are watching old movies they use only a 2 channel stereo sound.
3. Klipsch Synergy Black Label F-200
When it comes to audio, Klipsch is one of the most well-known manufactures. They are known for going really into details when it comes to sound quality while being innovative and stylish in design aspect too, they been around since 1946.
Their Synergy Black Label F-200 floor standing speaker is a perfect example of what Klipsch, is capable of producing. It sure gives the competition a hard time.
This sound system has a pleasing and sophisticated design that can be integrated into any home setup and blend in with the furniture easily. It can be placed almost anywhere, thanks to its compact design measuring 15 x 8 x 39 inches and weighing only 39 pounds.
The Klipsch Synergy Black Label F-200 also feeds on Klipsch’s “Tractrix Horn” technology, which provides a uniform 90 x 90 dispersion sound pattern, meaning you can place the floor standing speaker anywhere without obstruction in any direction.
They can easily handle up to 100 watts RMS, working great in large rooms or even going as far as to place them outdoors to get high volumes without distortion.
It also features an aluminum diaphragm compression driver that produces detailed and punchy bass, linear travel suspensions to reduce the distortion while its IMG woofers create tight musical sounds for a great home concert experience. The frequency response goes from 38Hz to 23.000Hz with a sensitivity of 95.5dB at 2.83V / 1m.
This sound system is a great choice if you want to experience the cinema at your home, it will feel the whole living room or office with booming and clear music, what’s more it does all that without breaking the bank.
2. Polk Audio T50
The Polk T50 is all about value, yes with a capital V. A floor standing speaker that rewards us with more than it should for the price it comes with.
It delivers a great 5.1 experience, great design supports Dolby and DTS, it sure ticks all the boxes we need from a floor-standing speaker.
It even looks more expensive, the 36-inch enclosure is wrapped in vinyl with a nicely simulated black ash finish.
Drivers on this sound system include a silk dome tweeter, cone woofer, and two 6.5inch passive radiators. It is not bulky and heavy in any way, it is slim, sleek, and clean, making the speaker fit into almost any room or space.
As soon as you pull these budget floor standing speakers out of the box it has a balanced and rich and high quality sound that compliments the rock genre really well. It is really hard to find a neutral sound signature, usually, you have to hunt down studios to get a speaker that sounds this flat. Bass is there coming in responsive and nice. Watching movies with it is really a joy, the dialogue sounds clear and distinct from the rest of the track.
It has a frequency response between 60Hz and 24kHz with a sensitivity of 86.0 dB.
There might be nothing groundbreaking to wow us, but that is understandable it is a budget pick, yet again being a budget pick it has no complains or compromises. It tries to do reasonably, everything a high-end speaker that costs 10 times more can do. Definitely a great set of affordable floor standing speakers.
1. Elac Debut 2.0 F5.2
ELAC has become one of the hottest names in the audio market over the past few years, their speakers elbowed through the crowd offering great value for the price.
A direct competitor to the Klipsch R-26F, the Debut 2.0 lineup was something ELAC made to crush the budget audiophile market, and somehow they live up to that. Yes I know, I know there are better sounding tower pairs but they come at a cost of 4 digits, you should also know that there are 1,000$ speakers that sound worse than the F5.2.
In a few words, ELAC made premium speakers at a budget price.
The Debut 2.0 is one heavy mean boy, it weighs 34 pounds and is 40 inches tall, which will feel like you are weight lifting when you carry around. Looking at the bright side also makes it hard to knock over.
The real purpose of the heavyweight would be that the steel frame shields the three 5.2″ aramid fiber woofers and the 1″ tweeter.
Despite the budget price it doesn’t compromise on the design, the sturdy frame is wrapped in beautiful black veneered MDF that will blend with any decor, and the grill is wrapped in a soft cloth.
When I had the chance to test the speaker myself, it straight fired the sound to me and that made it quite midrange-dominant. That means that those tower speakers will work wonders on picking the vocals clear and crisps while picking the lead instruments detailed and nice too. The frequency response goes from 42 Hz to 35 kHz while the sensitivity sits at 86 dB. Definitely one of the best floorstanding speakers under $500.
If you want detailed sound that compliments movies and acoustic, the ELAC Debut 2.0 F5.2 should be on your wishlist.
The Polk Audio T50 might be its only nemesis or rival call it how you want, in the budget and value aspect. While the T50 comes at an even more wallet-friendly price, Debut 2.0 F5.2 succeeds and performs better in some other aspects.
At the end of the day, it’s all about the preferences and how much you are willing to invest.
Floor Standing Speakers Types
If you want the best speakers under 500, you need to know what to look for. Your budget is something, but you don’t want to go blindly in and buy the first cheap speaker that pops up. It will cost you more in the long run. However, there are some floor standing speakers such as the Klipsch RP-260F which are cheap and durable, so you have to do your research carefully first before deciding.
There also are multiple types of speakers and they all work and benefit in their ways.
The main ones would be:
Passive Floor Standing Speakers
A passive speaker is used to pass through the sound, they can’t stand alone and they need something extra to add intensity to the setup in order to get the best out of it. They sure are great just remember that you may need other devices to appreciate them.
Powered Floor Standing Speakers
Also known as active speakers, they basically are the opposite of passive speakers. They sure can stand alone and don’t need an amp as they are designed to bring the best on their own.
But yeah, no one is stopping you from using an amp/extra device if you want to.
2 Ways Floor Standing Speakers
As the name implies a two-way speaker is one that has two drivers in each container or each box, they are known as woofer and twister, the woofer is built exclusively for low frequency while the tweeter for high-frequency sounds.
3 Ways Floor Standing Speakers
As for the three-way speaker it generates sound from three individual devices that include the above woofer, twister, and the mid-range driver.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Floorstanding Speakers Come in Pairs?
You probably noticed already that my list included some that come in pairs and some individually. That means the ones that are sold individually you can stick solo to it or buy an extra one, just make sure you pay close attention to the details when buying the speaker. If you expect two to arrive and it comes only one, would be quite disappointing.
Which one is better 2-way or 3-way?
If the signal only splits into high frequencies and low frequencies, the 2-way speaker is the one to go for. The 3-way one will cost more but its mid-range component will provide better and more immersive sound quality.
Should I Get A Pair Of Bookshelf Speakers?
Bookshelf speakers take up much less space than floor standing speakers, so if you don’t have too much space, you should definitely get a pair of bookshelf speakers.
There is a lot to comb through floor-standing speakers but just go for something that fits your style, your room, and most importantly provide good sound quality. What someone finds great, might not fit you and vice-versa.
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